The fruit for this wine was sourced from our Chairmans Vineyard, located in the heart of Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Harvested in March 2017 and immediately transported to our winery in the Hunter Valley. Primary fermentation took place in stainless steel fermenters with pump overs taking place twice a day. At the end of fermentation it was gently pressed off to tank where malolactic fermentation was allowed to finish.
The wine was matured in new, 1 and 2 year old French oak barriques and puncheons for 10 months to retain its fresh fruit flavours before being filtered and bottled.
90 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion
“A set piece in McLaren Vale generosity and fortitude. Full-blown purple and dense, black cherry, aniseed, sweet spice notes and new shoe leather are comforting and familiar. Maybe a touch of eucalypt. Fills the mouth with ripe, sweet berries and is nicely counterpointed by the cranberry tartness on the finish, revealing that this shiraz hails from the coolest part of McLaren Vale. Feel the grip.” – Jeni Port
The 2017 vintage began with above average rainfall in winter and spring which set the vines up very well. Bud burst was on time, but conditions were very cool for the first part of spring. The summer rains stopped in mid-January and it was very dry for the rest of the summer with only a few millimetres of rain meaning that disease pressure was low. The days were mild with a lot of cool nights which delayed ripening on all varieties. This longer hang-time resulted in excellent conditions for flavour and aroma development.
Enjoy now or in the next 5-10 years.
Deep red with purple hues.
Intense red cherry and plum aromas with hints of savoury oak and spice.
Intense cherry, blackberry and plum fruits on the palate with savoury spice from the oak. The palate is balanced and has soft tannins and a silky mouthfeel.